New York Yankees Postseason Recap: Yankees bounce back with 5-1 win, evening the series (video)

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Last night in San Diego, the New York Yankees facing elimination in the ALDS, bounced back with a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The got reliable pitching from Jordan Montgomery, Chad Green, and Zack Britton. Aroldis Chapman closed it out for the Yankees, and the win was accompanied by a few home runs.

The Yankees won the ALDS’s first game at Petco Park against the Rays but then lost two games in a row when pitching and hitting both failed. In game one, Gerrit Cole didn’t have his best stuff but held back the Rays for the 9-3 Yankee win.  In-game two, and attempt to have an opener game backfired. Deivi Garcia started the game giving up one run and was replaced by J.A. Happ, who didn’t have it giving up four runs for the eventual 7-5 loss.  On Wednesday night Masahiro Tanaka failed miserably in the Yankee 8-4 when the bullpen doubled the damage.

In both of the New York Yankees losses, the big bats were relatively silent, and hitters left the player on base, contributing to the losses. The only Yankee player that was hot, was Giancarlo Stanton, who hit two homers in the first loss and a two-run long ball in the second loss.  That all changed last night Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres both hit home runs.

Jordan Montgomery started the night out by throwing only eight pitches in the first inning and striking out the incredibly hot Randy Arozarena. Ryan Thompson, the Tampa Bay Rays starter, matched Montgomery in the bottom of the frame by striking out he equally hot Giancarlo Stanton. Montgomery got through the first two innings throwing only 19 pitches.

At the bottom of the second inning, the Yankees erupted for two runs. Luke Voit first struck by hitting a solo shot, for his first home run of the postseason. Voit was the regular-season home run leader in all of baseball. DJ LeMahieu delivered a sac fly driving in Brett Gardner for the second run of the inning. At the top of the third inning, “Monty gave up a walk, and Brandon Lowe got an RBI, as the Rays scored a run. The game then remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning.

Montgomery went four innings giving up just the one run while striking out four Rays. Chad Green came in in relief and pitched two shut out innings. He was replaced by Zack Britton who pitched 1.2 innings, striking out three.  At the bottom of the sixth with Brett Gardner on, Gleyber Torres stepped to the plate and homered into the fourth deck of the Western Metal Supply Company that Petco Park is built around. Yankees 4 and the Rays 1. The final run of the game for the Yankees was scored by Torres when catcher Kyle Higashioka drove him in the bottom of the eighth. Aroldis Chapman closed it out for the Yankees throwing fastballs at 101 mph.

The winner was Chad Green, the loser Ryan Thompson and Chapman got the save. The New York Yankee win saved them from elimination and forced a winner take all game tonight at Petco Park. The Yankees will send out ace Gerrit Cole on three days rest, and the Tampa Bay Rays will, on only two days rest, send Yankee killer Tyler Glasnow to the mound.  It is doubtful either starter will go very deep into the game, and the bullpens of both teams may decide the 2020 ALDS.

 

 

New York Yankees: Good news and bad news in turnaround game 4 win over Tampa

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

Just when you thought the New York Yankees were out of the ALDS against Tampa Bay Rays, they came climbing back in game 4 to push the series to one final contest.

The Yankees started off the ALDS with an emphatic win over Tampa, thanks to a solid performance from starting pitcher Gerrit Cole. However, the past two games were tumultuous, at best. Pitching was the Yankees’ kryptonite, but unpredictable Jordan Montgomery put on a clinic in his outing on Thursday night.

FINAL SCORE: 5-1

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

GOOD NEWS:

As stated above, Montgomery was fantastic in the victory. He lasted four innings, allowing one earned run and three hits. It was the exact performance the Yankees needed to climb back into the series, and their offense did just enough to get over the hump.

Thankfully, their bullpen was also stellar, allowing zero hits and striking out six batters along the way. They allowed three overall hits on the night and just one run, while the Yankees posted 11 hits and five earned runs.

In this contest, the stand out player was Kyle Higashioka, who is playing over Gary Sanchez at catcher. Higgy didn’t only only make numerous defensive plays to keep the game in check, but he also drove in a run in the eighth inning to further increase the lead.

The reserve catcher is quickly becoming the favorite for manager Aaron Boone, as Sanchez continues to struggle offensively and has failed to replicate the same defensive performances Higashioka has been putting forth on a daily basis.

With the Yankees gearing up for game five, we can expect ace Gerrit Cole to take the mound. Cole pitched game one, posting six innings of work and three earned runs allowed.

More positive news—Giancarlo Stanton is the first player in MLB history with at least one extra-base hit in each of his teams for six games of a postseason.

BAD NEWS:

The Yankees put up a phenomenal performance on Thursday evening, meaning there wasn’t much bad news. Their hitters were efficient and got on base frequently.

The bad news boils down to inconsistency. The Yankees are such a streaky team at any given moment, they can go entirely cold. That hurts their momentum and puts them in tough positions like this, having to play from behind.

The team desperately needs another solid performance out of Cole, but their offense must produce, which leads me to believe that Higashioka will once again to be in the lineup, considering his recent hot streak.

New York Yankees: Jordan Montgomery ready to make the most important start of his life

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

For the New York Yankees, the moment of truth has arrived. If they win tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays, they will force a decisive Game 5 in the division series, one in which they will presumably start Gerrit Cole on short rest. If they lose, they will go home and their season will end.

Tasked with the responsibility of holding the suddenly hot Tampa offense is left-hander Jordan Montgomery. In the regular season, Monty had a bloated 5.11 ERA in 10 starts and 44.0 innings. However, his peripherals tell a different story.

His 3.87 FIP is very decent, even good, and it is supported by a 3.65 xFIP, 9.61 K/9 and only 1.84 BB/9. He had some bad luck when it comes to his strand rate: the 65.0% mark is significantly lower than his career 72.7 register.

Montgomery, the Yankees card for silencing the Rays tonight, was shelled by his current foe on September 2, allowing five hits, four runs and a walk in 0.2 innings. He will try to leave that day behind and propel the Bombers to a victory.

“I’m excited to get the opportunity,” Montgomery said to Mandy Bell of MLB.com. “I’ve been waiting since 2017, especially since I got hurt. So I’m really excited to go out there and just pitch again.”

“This is what I’ve been working, really, my whole career for,” Montgomery said. “Especially when you haven’t been out there in a while, you get a little antsy and you feel like you want to get out there even more.”

The Yankees are counting on him

It has been a while since his last appearance, but the Yankees’ lefty says he has been staying in physical and mental shape.

“I’ve been staying ready mentally since I got in the bullpen,” Montgomery said. “This deep into the season, I’m pretty confident about where I’m at right now.”

He now has the New York Yankees’ season resting in his left arm. But he’s ready for the challenge.

New York Yankees Postseason Preview: Facing elimination tonight the Yankees have to get two more wins

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

The New York Yankees are coming off two poorly hit games that were equally poorly pitched.  On Tuesday night, Deivi Garcia gave up one run and was replaced by J.A. Happ, who pitched poorly and blew the game. Last night the usually dependable Masahiro Tanaka didn’t have it and couldn’t locate his pitches; he gave up five runs in five innings.  If the Yankees pitch and hit like that have in the last two games against the Tampa Bay Rays, they will be going back to Yankees Stadium to clean out their lockers and call it another failed season.

Tonight will be possibly a deciding game at Petco Park between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the ALDS. The game at 4:10 pm PDT (7:10 pm EDT) will be played with a setting sun in San Diego. Like last night the sun may cause some issues early in the game.  I will be a near-perfect night for baseball with temperatures right about 70 degrees, with no chance of a shower. The game will be broadcast on TBS.

Tonight’s game will be as much a chess game between two managers with big decisions to be made as much as it will be a baseball game. The Tampa Bay Rays, out of starting pitchers, will start Ray’s reliever, Ryan Thompson vs. the Yankee’s Jordan Montgomery, who hasn’t pitched in nearly two weeks. Neither team is happy about their starters in the game, and both will be on a short leash in this huge game for both teams.

At the top of the first, Jordan Montgomery will take the Yankees’ mound, having not pitched at all in the postseason.  Tremendous pressure will be on “Monty” not to screw up because if he does, the Yankees season may be over. Montgomery, on the regular season, was 2-3 with an elevated ERA of 5.11. Jordan gave up seven earned runs in his last to starts of the regular season.

The Tampa Bay Rays will send out reliever Ryan Thompson to start their half of the first inning. The Rays will treat this as an opener game, something they are very experienced with.  Thompson is 1-2 with an ERA of 4.44. He hasn’t pitched more than two innings in any game this season. He pitched 2 clean innings in the game the Ray’s lost on Monday. This will be the first postseason start of his career.

Tampa Bay will come out tonight energized by their last two wins and ready to take the series from the Yankees. The Yankees have to come out with that same energy and conviction if they will have any chance of winning this game four.  The Yankees will pull out all the stops; they will use premium reliever Zack Britton, who they haven’t taken advantage of in the first three games of the ALDS. Deivi Garcia, who only pitched one inning, may be brought in in relief. Don’t be surprised to see Aroldis Chapman in earlier than expected. The Yankees will have to use every trick in the baseball book to prevent elimination tonight.

In the Wild Card Series, the Yankees looked like the Murder’s row.  They are going to have that same energy and offense exhibited in those games.  They have the talent, they have the power; they have to go out there and do it.

For the Yankees lineup, Giancarlo Stanton has been carrying the load pretty much by himself; he had hit a single and a homer last night, and two homers the night before.  Meanwhile, Yankee stars Aaron Judge, baseball’s batting champion DJ LeMahieu and home run leader Luke Voit have not contributed in any substantial way. They must find it and perform tonight to support the Yankee pitchers, as there is no tomorrow to work it out if the New York Yankees are to advance.

If the New York Yankees can win it tonight, they have a chance to win the ALDS when Yankees ace Gerrit Cole pitches on short rest on Friday night, probably against Blake Snell, who the Yankees have already bested.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees happy to leave Buffalo after another loss

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

The New York Yankees have completed their ten games with the Toronto Blue Jays this season, and they are happy to leave Buffalo in the rearview mirror.  The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 3-0 at Yankee Stadium, but were 2-5 when playing the Blue Jays at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. Last night they lost their second consecutive game at Buffalo.  It wasn’t a slaughter like on Wednesday night, but the 4-1 loss was disappointing for the Yankees trying to improve their seeding in the playoffs.  Instead, the Blue Jays celebrated, nailing down their place in the postseason.

Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery may not have had his best stuff, but he didn’t pitch poorly either; in fact, all of his pitches seemed to be working except for a few curve balls. A few bad pitches cost Montgomery as he gave up three runs over 5.1 innings, while striking out eight Blue Jays. Unfortunately, for “Monty,” he got no run support; the Yankees didn’t score until the eighth inning, preventing the shutout.  Like in some of the games the Yankees have lost this season, the hitting just wasn’t there. They also went 1-7 with runners in scoring position, leaving a total of 11 Yankees on base.

The New York Yankees cleaned up their act from Wednesday night when they had four errors in the loss. Last night the Yankees were errorless with Gio Urshela showing off at third base with a few fantastic plays. Even Gleyber Torres made a Jeter-like spinning jump for an out at first base. One of the reasons for the Blue Jays’ success, particularly at Sahlen Field, ,was a guy named Vlad Guerrero Jr. He was a thorn for the Yankees as he frequently scored off Yankee pitching. In last night’s game, he was 3-4 with a homer in the bottom of the second inning.

At the top of the eighth inning, Gio Urshela drove in the only Yankee run of the game. In the inning, the Yankees loaded the bases with two outs for catcher Kyle Higashioka, but manager Aaron Boone, pinch hit Higgy with Gary Sanchez, who has a batting average .143.  Although he almost hit a grand slam, the bottom line is he was out again, leaving the bases loaded with Yankees.  It is a puzzle to this writer why Boone would continue to have faith in Sanchez, when he disappoints repeatedly.  Why, in a key moment in the game, down three, do you put in a pinch hitter with only 21 hits on the season.  Higashioka had a legitimate chance of getting a hit and driving in some runs.  Sanchez has come up to bat numerous times with men on and usually leaves them hanging.

Jordan Montgomery took the loss and Ryu got the win with Dolis recording the save. Today, the Yankees will start anew, back at the Stadium in the Bronx, as they tackle their last series of the regular season. Tonight they face Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins and finish up the season with two matinees over the weekend, having already gotten their berth in the playoffs.

 

 

New York Yankees Previews: Yankees face the Blue Jay’s ace tonight in Buffalo

If the New York Yankees think they had a rough time with the Blue Jays last night, tonight will be a more significant challenge, as they will face the Blue Jays ace in the last game of the four-game series.  The Yankees lost the first game, won the second, but lost the third game of the series last night, preventing them from winning the series.  The most they can now hope for is a split.

The Yankees played lousy ball in the 14-1 loss last night.  They committed as many errors as they got hits. The Blue Jays pitching held the Yankees down, and when the Yankees could have taken advantage, they failed.  In the fifth inning, they loaded the bases up with Yankees, with no outs, but could not score a run.  With the Yankees sloppy play, what should have been outs, turned into runs for the aggressive Blue Jays. Both the Yankee’s starting pitching and bullpen failed miserably.

These have been essential games for the Yankees and the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are trying to secure their spot in the postseason, and the Yankees, who have already clinched, are trying to move the Wild Card series to their home park, Yankee Stadium.  As it stands now, the Yankees will play all three of the Wild Card games at the Minnesota Twin’s Target Field.

The first round of the American League postseason is still fluid.  The New York Yankees are set to play the Minnesota Twins, but that could change.  The Chicago White Sox have entered the mix, any combination of Twins losses and Sox wins could see the Yankees playing the White Sox instead, at Yankee Stadium. In other East news, the Tampa Bay Rays have captured the East Division title. The Yankees lost, and the Rays won their game against the Mets, allowing them to capture their third East Division title in their 22-year history.

Tonight, the Yankees will face the Blue Jays at their temporary home at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. The game will be played under partly cloudy skies that will turn clear. The game- time (6:37 pm) temperature will be at about 70 degrees, and there will be only a slight breeze. The game will be televised on the YES Network and in Canada on SNET. It will be broadcast nationally on the MLB Network (out of market only).

The Toronto Blue Jays will send out their ace, Hyun Jin Ryu, who is 4-2 with an ERA of 3.00.  Ryu came to the Blue Jays before the August trade deadline from the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has been everything the Jays could have asked for. His last outing against the Yankees came on September 7th, when he beat them 12-7, giving up five earned runs in as many innings.  His only blemish with the Jays came in his last outing, against the Philadelphia Phillies; he lost to the Phillies 3-1. Tonight he will be tuning up his final adjustments in preparation for the postseason.

For the New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery will pitch in an effort to show the Yankees that he can pitch successfully in the postseason.  Montgomery, who is 2-2 with an ERA of 5.12, has had an inconsistent season, at times showing brilliance, and at other times pitching poorly. He lost three in a row before winning one in the last sweep of the Orioles.  His last outing, he got a no-decision in a Yankee win that he lasted only 4.2 innings.

As it stands right now, there is a three-way competition as to who will pitch the third game of the Wild Card series.  J.A. Happ, Deivi Garcia, and Montgomery are under consideration.  If “Monty” loses tonight’s game, that decision will be made more comfortable, and the Yankees will select the veteran J. A. Happ.

After tonight’s game, the Yankees will travel back to Yankee Stadium to face the Miami Marlins, in the last series of the regular season. They will continue to be in the “bubble” until they win a 28th World Championship or are earlier eliminated.  Monday will be a day off, and the Wild Card series will start on Tuesday, team, and location yet to be determined.

New York Yankees Previews: The Yankee’s “Murderers’ Row” moves on to Fenway Park in Boston

The New York Yankees have headed to Boston to sweep a series with the traditional Rival Boston Red Sox. They are going into this series at Fenway Park with immense confidence, after sweeping two series in a row from the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Boston Red Sox are a mess this year, sitting at the bottom of AL East and tied for the third-worst baseball team in America. The danger the Yankees face is going into the series being over-confident.  Anything can happen in any series.

The New York Yankees team that lost 15 of 20 games earlier is now doing historic things that some of the greatest teams in the Yankee’s rich history have not been able to do. The team has turned it around and has genuinely become the Bronx Bombers once again. You might say the present healthy lineup is another “murderers row.”

In the past series with the Blue Jays, the Yankees did something that has never been done in MLB history, they hit six or more home runs in three consecutive games. They also scored 43 runs in the three-game series, a franchise record number of runs. What has made this recovery possible, is the return of injured players and that the whole team, pitching and hitting is, clicking at the same time.

In the past eight days, the Yankees have gone from being five and a half games behind the East-leading Tampa Bay Rays to be just 3.5 games behind, and could possibly overtake the Rays, and once again be AL East Champions before the end of the season.

With the way the New York Yankees are playing, the Boston Red Sox, or any team for that matter, would want to face a lineup that includes DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton, Clint Frazier, and Gio Urshela.  If they are all energized and clicking at the same time, the Yankees can be unbeatable.

The Boston Red Sox will try to change all of that when they meet up with the Yankees tonight at Fenway Park, for the first game of a three-game series.

The game tonight in Boston will be at 7:30 pm and will be televised on the YES Network, NESN in New England, and on the MLB Network (out of market only). The game-time temperature should be in the upper ’50s under mostly clear skies, and with a chilly north wind.

The game tonight will feature two of the closest matched pitchers to face each other this season. Lefty vs. lefty, the Yankees Jordan Montgomery is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.76 with 32 strikeouts, and Boston’s Martin Perez is 3-4 with an ERA of 4.33 and 37 strikeouts.

When Martin Perez faces the Yankees fierce lineup in the first inning, he will do so being one of the Red Sox’s most dependable pitchers. In his most recent outing against the good Tampa Bay Rays team, he limited them to two earned runs in five innings of work. The Yankees have faced Perez before, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, and Gio Urshela all have Perez’s number, all hitting .429 or better off of the lefty.

The New York Yankees will send out Jordan Montgomery tonight. This will be the third time Monty will face the Red Sox this season.  The Yankees won both of his starts against the Sox. Montgomery is also coming off his best start of the season when he struck out a career-high 9 Baltimore Orioles in 5.2 innings of work in the Yankee win.  Jordan will have to be careful with Xander Bogaerts and Christian Vazquez, both hit well off of Montgomery.

The Saturday game will be at 7:30 pm, with J.A. Happ on the mound facing a yet to be named Boston pitcher. The Sunday game will be a 1:07 pm matinee, featuring pitching sensation Deivi Garcia against Tanner Houck in his second major league start.

 

 

 

 

The New York Yankees Starting Rotation: 2021 and Beyond

The New York Yankees are looking into Cleveland Indians pitcher, Trevor Bauer.

For the last decade, there have always been questions surrounding the New York Yankees starting rotation. That has been the one flaw in the team that has hindered them from getting over the hump and capturing a 28th World Series championship.

The Yankees made a big step in the right direction signing Gerrit Cole last offseason. Cole has been very good so far this year pitching to a 5-3 record with a 3.20 ERA and striking out 12.1 batters per nine innings. Masahiro Tanaka has been good, but the rest of the rotation has been hit or miss.

Jordan Montgomery hasn’t been sensational so far. The Yankees have had solid outings from J.A. Happ, but the bombers are hoping he’s not part of their 2021 plans given his optional salary. The Yankees have had one pleasant surprise this year, and that’s been Deivi Garcia.

I started thinking about the Yankees beyond this odd COVID season. What is the Yankees rotation going to look like beyond this year, and what are the Yankees going to do this offseason to address the starting pitching? Let’s take a dive into the options.

The Yankees Internal Options

Realistically there is only one guarantee for the Yankees rotation to start the season and that’s Gerrit Cole. Luis Severino will of course be a part of the rotation, but we really don’t know when he will return from his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

I would think that the Yankees would be willing to give Domingo German a spot in the rotation. Last year’s 18 game winner was suspended for the shortened season due to a Domestic Violence case. If those three are in, that leaves questions around the other two spots.

Deivi Garcia sure looks like he deserves a full-time spot in the rotation. The 21 year old has looked sensational through three starts for the Yankees pitching to a 3.06 ERA. However, given the small sample size, his spot isn’t guaranteed.

Jordan Montgomery could get one of the final two spots, but his inconsistent performances could give the Yankees pause. Clarke Schmidt is another option, but he was never given an actual look in the starting rotation, so I’m not convinced they’d go with him.

As things stand, the Yankees could go into the 2021 season without doing a thing and they could field a starting five if Severino is ready to start the year which might be unlikely. If Severino isn’t ready, the Yankees could give Schmidt a chance or look at the starting pitching market.

Options in the Market

The Yankees do have a few starting pitchers that will be hitting the free agent market. The Yankees will do what they can to make sure J.A. Happ’s option doesn’t vest while James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka are both set to become free agents after the year.

If the Yankees were to sign someone in the market, the likely signing would be retaining Masahiro Tanaka. While resigning Tanaka would certainly not be the sexy option for fans, this will probably be the most likely avenue GM Brian Cashman goes down.

If I were running things, I would take a shot at Trevor Bauer. Bauer is having a career year for the Reds. How nice would it be to pair him and Gerrit Cole? Yes there’s personal friction, but money and championships talk.

The Yankees could also look at retaining Paxton, but given the injury concerns, this likely won’t be an option unless they get him dirt cheap. The Yankees could also explore the trade market, but with Cashman’s history, this is also unlikely because of his unwillingness to deal top prospects.

There are plenty of avenues the team can go down to finish off the rotation next year. I would caution fans to not dream of a Bauer scenario. Instead, prepare yourselves for more of a underwhelming offseason like retaining Masahiro Tanaka.

If the playoffs started today, who would start game 3 for the New York Yankees?

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

After an extremely rough and depressing stretch, the New York Yankees finally look like themselves again. The bombers have won four straight games to pull within a half game of the second place Toronto Blue Jays.

A week ago, people were starting to wonder if the Yankees would even make the playoffs. Now, everything is starting to click for the Yankees from their hitting to their starting pitching and bullpen. Now, I’m starting to think about the playoffs and this Yankees rotation.

For the Yankees, the first two games are relatively easy choices. Gerrit Cole would obviously get the ball in game one, and likely Tanaka would get the ball in game two. However, game three isn’t very clear. Who would the Yankees start in a game 3 in the playoffs this year?

The Yankees Options?

Fortunately, the Yankees do have a few options for a third playoff game. If they were in a be in a do or die game three in the wild card round, Aaron Boone has three guys that he could look to for a solid start. None would probably give the Yankees fan base an extreme amount of confidence.

J.A. Happ

The first option would be the veteran lefty J.A. Happ. Happ has started six games this year for the Yankees and he’s pitched to a 1-2 record with a 4.31 ERA. Now, he has been much better over his last four starts. Happ has pitched to a 2.59 ERA since his August 16th start.

While Yankees fans aren’t extremely comfortable with Happ, he honestly might be the safest choice. He’s pitched in the playoffs, and when he’s on, you know what he’s going to give you. Given the experience, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Happ get the ball.

Jordan Montgomery

The next option would be the big lefty, Jordan Montgomery. There were high expectations for Montgomery entering the season given what he did as a rookie, but he’s seen a mixed bag of results so far in his 2020 campaign for the Yankees.

Montgomery has pitched to a 2-2 record with a 4.76 ERA in eight starts this year. Montgomery looked really good yesterday against the Orioles, but this comes just two starts after he couldn’t get out of the first against the Rays. Montgomery is a solid pitcher, but I’m not sure I’d trust him with the ball in a game 3.

Deivi Garcia

The final option for the Yankees would be the rookie, Deivi Garcia. I can honestly say that Garcia has far surpassed my expectations in his first three starts, Garcia has pitched to a 1-1 record with a 3.06 ERA.

His last start blew me away. With the Yankees sputtering, Garcia went out and pitched seven strong innings against the Blue Jays leading the Yankees to a win that snapped their losing streak. Garcia has proven that he belongs in the rotation. Would Boone give him the ball in a game 3 is the question.

The Yankees Decision?

I think that ultimately we are going to need to watch how these three pitch the rest of the season. If things ended today, I think that the Yankees would probably lean towards a rotation of Cole-Tanaka-Happ in the playoffs. While many would love to see Garcia get that start, I think Boone values the experience of Happ.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees pull out win in the 10th for 3rd straight win over Baltimore

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees, after two high scoring laughable wins on Friday, over the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees pulled out a 2-1 squeaker in yesterday’s matinee game, in the tenth inning. In the two doubleheader games on Friday, the Yankees scored 16 runs to the Orioles 1 run. Yesterday’s matchup turned out to be a pitchers duel with both the Yankees Jordan Montgomery and the Oriole’s Dean Kremer pitching game gems.

During the long stretch of Yankee’s losses, when they lost 15 out of 20 games, one thing was prevalent. If the Yankees pitched well, the bats would remain silent, if the bats were alive, the pitching failed.  That didn’t happen yesterday. Yes, the Yankees bats were considerably silent for a change, but the Yankee pitching of Jordan Montgomery and the bullpen held the Orioles to just one run, four hits, and just one walk.

Jordan Montgomery, entering yesterday’s game was 2-2 after having two poor outings, one where he only was allowed to pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs.  Yesterday, a more confident Montgomery took to the mound and immediately showed he had his stuff. He kept the O’s scoreless for 5.2 innings while striking out a career-high 9 batters.

The Yankee offense which wasn’t much, started in the first inning when leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu hit a stand up triple to left-center. Clint Frazier his a long sac fly to right allowing LeMahieu to score for the Yankees one-run lead. That would be the Yankees only scoring until the tenth inning.  In the sixth inning with an Oriole on third, Thairo Estrada failed to make a catch of a pop up just behind his head, allowing the O’s to score their only run in the game, an unearned run for Montgomery.  Immediately following, Aaron Boone came to the mound to relieve an obviously disturbed “Monty,” not wanting to leave the game.

Meanwhile, the O’s Deam Kremer, who had beaten the Yankees a week earlier, in his major league debut, pitched five stellar innings giving up just the one run and four Yankee hits while striking out seven Yankees.

With the long outings of both Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka on Friday, the bullpen was entirely fresh for manager Boone. He replaced Montgomery with Chad Green who pitched 1.1 hitless innings. Zack Britton allowed just one hit in the eighth, and Aroldis Chapman pitched a clean ninth while striking out two O’s, and the game went into extra innings.

At the top of the tenth, with a man on second, Jonathan Holder took to the mound pitching a perfect tenth. At the bottom of the frame, the half started with DJ LeMahieu on second base. A wild pitch by the O’s Hunter Harvey allowed DJ to get to third base. Luke Voit stepped to the plate and hit a sack fly to right, and LeMahieu crossed home plate for the walk-off win. It was the New York Yankees fourth win in a row, one from the Blue Jays and the last three from the O’s. The win put the O’s four and a half games behind the improving Yankees. DJ LeMahieu scored both runs for the Yankees. The winning pitcher was Jonathan Holder and the loser, Hunter Harvey.

Yesterday’s win was really important for the New York Yankees, allowing them to stay in third place in the East and separate themselves from the Orioles, in the postseason race. The Toronto Blue Jays won their game against the Mets, keeping the Yankees just one back in the loss column. The Yankees will try to right that today in another matinee game in the Bronx, as they attempt to sweep the four-game series with the Orioles.  Today J.A. Happ will take the mound for the Yankees and John Means for Baltimore.